When do the clocks go back?
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by davegibson61
3M ago
Every year the clocks go back by one hour in the UK at 2 am on the last Sunday in October. This means that this year the change happens on Sunday 30th October, gaining an extra hour in bed as we end Daylight Saving Time (DST). The USA will fall back the following Sunday 6th November. Not ideal if you are trying to keep in sync for business reasons. Equally, from a health point of view, Sleep Scientists have long proposed that the changes should be abolished. In fact, there have been a number of government reviews across the world in the last few years with both the USA and EU voting to stop ch ..read more
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Menopause and Sleep
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by davegibson61
1y ago
According to the Sleep Foundation, sleep disorders affect 39% to 47% of perimenopausal women and 35% to 60% of postmenopausal women. So why do the hormonal changes during menopause have such a big effect on sleep and how can you reduce their impact? And, what alternatives are there to taking HRT and prescription medicines? How do Hormonal Changes Affect Sleep? Progesterone promotes sleep, via its impact on GABA  a neurotransmitter, which helps you switch off and fall asleep. The loss of Progesterone in menopause makes it harder to both get to sleep and stay asleep. The loss of Oestrogen c ..read more
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When is Blue Monday
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by davegibson61
1y ago
It’s quite common to have a lower mood in the winter. This is often referred to as the Winter Blues. A more severe form is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. A lack of sunlight is considered a major factor in SAD and winter blues, although there are a number of other factors to consider too.  Then there is the day when we are saddest of all, named Blue Monday What is Blue Monday? Blue Monday is a name given to a theoretically ‘most depressing day of the year’. It was calculated by a psychologist called Dr Cliff Arnall in 2005, being commissioned by Sky Travel to work out why the h ..read more
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When is Blue Monday 2022
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by davegibson61
1y ago
It’s quite common to have a lower mood in the winter. This is often referred to as the Winter Blues. A more severe form is called Seasonal Affective Disorder or SAD. A lack of sunlight is considered a major factor in SAD and winter blues, although there are a number of other factors to consider too.  Then there is the day when we are saddest of all, named Blue Monday What is Blue Monday? Blue Monday is a name given to a theoretically ‘most depressing day of the year’. It was calculated by a psychologist called Dr Cliff Arnall in 2005, being commissioned by Sky Travel to work out why the h ..read more
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Sleep and Weight Loss
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by davegibson61
1y ago
It’s now well known that if you are trying to lose weight, apart from being more mindful of what you eat and taking regular exercise, getting a good night’s sleep is an essential part of an effective weight loss programme. In fact, the relationship between sleep and bodyweight is bidirectional. Studies have shown that when we lose sleep we gain weight and that those who are overweight or obese tend to sleep less too. In this post, I will explain why lack of sleep makes us hungrier and crave unhealthy foods. I will also explain why we find it a lot harder to achieve our target weight loss from ..read more
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How Does Sleep Affect Your Immune System?
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by davegibson61
1y ago
When we fall ill, we instinctively want to sleep longer. That’s because we are designed to ‘sleep ourselves well’. Here our immune system stimulates us to sleep. In fact, the relationship between sleep and immunity is bidirectional. We need sleep to have a healthy immune system, and a healthy immune system helps us sleep. The impact of sleep on the immune system. When we lack sleep, all the body’s systems essentially become stressed. Then our fight or flight response kicks in to prepare the body for attack, which includes the production of antibodies in preparation for injury. Over the long te ..read more
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How to help teenagers get better sleep during Covid
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by davegibson61
1y ago
Whether in term time or during holidays teenagers have found lockdown and coping with Covid 19 more stressful than adults.  They have also lost more sleep. That’s not to say that British teenagers were getting enough sleep in the first place. It’s well documented that British teenagers are sleeping less than the required 8 to 10 hours a night. School pressures and problems with social media are regarded as the main reasons. If your teenager is struggling with sleep during lockdown here’s a three-step plan to help to set up a good night’s sleep. Step 1 Create a healthy daily routine. Just ..read more
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What to Eat to Combat Covid-19
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by davegibson61
1y ago
It’s without question that those who eat a healthy, well-balanced diet of fresh foods, tend to have both a stronger immune system and a lower risk of infectious diseases. This sort of diet, often referred to as a ‘ Mediterranean Diet,’ consists of eating fresh, unprocessed foods such as vegetables, fruits, nuts, seeds, fish and some meat. What’s more, this sort of diet is also proven to help you get a better night’s sleep. Another consideration with regards to healthy eating is to avoid added sugar and salt. Cutting down sugar is certainly something to consider if you are overweight, not least ..read more
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Top tips for remote working
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by davegibson61
1y ago
14 min read Have the benefits of remote working started to wane? If so, do you feel like you are now living at work? There are many plusses to working from home, but stepping away from our desk and switching off is hard when our work and personal space are one and the same. Read my top 20 tips on protecting your well-being as we continue to work from home. From simple steps to handy hacks, make remote working work for you with my 4 step plan for healthy homeworking. I hope they help. Stay safe and stay well. The 4  Step plan for healthy homeworking. There are some key areas to consider wh ..read more
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Beating the Winter Blues
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by spokesdigital
1y ago
It’s reported that between 40% and 50% of us get a decrease in energy and lower mood in the winter, often referred to as the ‘Winter Blues’. What causes the Winter Blues? Research has shown that light affects our mood in the short term. The blue light of the morning sun is uplifting, improving mood and alertness. The reduction of light in the winter correspondingly leads to us naturally feeling lower in the winter mornings and beyond. Less natural light can cause A dip in serotonin, a neurotransmitter that regulates mood Disruption in our Circadian Rhythm (body clock) which helps control our ..read more
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